Archived press release
UN says we must tackle meat consumption to address global loss of biodiversity

Commenting on the publication of ‘Global Biodiversity Outlook 3’ by the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth’s Biodiversity Campaigner Vicki Hird said:

“The new UN report confirms that that we are experiencing the biggest mass extinction since the end of the dinosaurs – and that this is being caused by human behavior, including the way we eat.

“The Government must act to protect the world’s vital natural diversity – by helping us cut back on products that are driving the destruction of forests and other habitats. This means passing a new law to reduce the impact of the meat and dairy industry, scrapping biofuels targetsand cutting waste.”

Notes to Editors:

1. You can see the UN Convention on BiologicalDiversity’s report at http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/gbo/gbo3-final-en.pdf

Key points:

“The target agreed by the world’s Governments in 2002, ‘to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth’, has not been met.”

“Where possible, tackle the indirect drivers of biodiversity loss.  This is hard, because it involves issues such as consumption... public engagement and... appropriate pricing and incentives (including the removal of perverse subsidies). You could reduce some of these drivers, for example, by encouraging more moderate, less wasteful – and more healthy – levels of meat consumption.” (pp 84-85)

For more information on the environmental and social impacts of the meat and dairy industry see: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/livestock_impacts.pdf

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